American Scientist: A Template for Analyzing Racism in Health Care

An event-by-event look at how institutionalized racism harms the health of African Americans in the twenty-first century

In Sickening, Anne Pollock invites readers to consider the varied and interconnected effects of racism on the health and well-being of Black people in the United States—effects that she skillfully reveals in her analyses of six 21st-century events. Pollock’s focus on recent events in these six case studies is an important contribution to conversations about health equity; she finds in them examples of racism affecting health outcomes, not just as a result of events that happened in the far past but also through interactions occurring in the present.